29 Kilmore Road

Crossgar

Co Down

BT30 9HJ

02844830009

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Parents Council

Parents' Council

Chair:                         Kristin Collins

Joint Vice Chair:    Jennifer Flynn

                                     Leanne Houston

Secretary:                 Nicola Ellison

Treasurer:                 Gavin McGrattan

Friends of Cedar Parents' Council

The aim of Parents' Council is to promote a partnership between the school, its pupils and all our

parents or carers. Our objectives are:

● to develop and engage in activities which support the education, development and welfare of pupils.

● to identify and represent the views of parents or carers on the education provided by the school and other matters affecting the education and welfare of pupils.

● to promote parental or carers’ involvement in their child’s education and learning.

● to enable parents or carers to share ideas, interests and skills for the benefit of the children and the school as a whole.

● to raise vital funds for the school.

Showing an interest in Parents' Council does not mean that you will be enlisted for life! As families, we all live busy and hectic lives, and you can give as much or as little of your time as you like. It is a great way to make new friends, meet new families and feel a sense of belonging to the school community, as well as having the opportunity to be more involved with your child's experience at Cedar.

How to get on board

Share an idea…

400 + eyes and ears are better than a mere handful. Is there something you are aware of when it comes to money saving, grants or fundraising? Maybe you have picked up something in a newsfeed that would be worth looking into. Maybe the organisation you work for runs special schemes for schools. Did you attend a successful fundraiser elsewhere that you think would work in our school’s setting? If so please get in touch here  -friendsofcedarips@gmail.com or come along to the next Parents' Council meeting to share.

Donate your time…

During the academic year, there will be a number events taking place for which volunteers are needed to help facilitate. There is always a scramble to get enough people for discos, cinema nights, etc.! The Parents' Council would like to put together a working list of people to approach during these times. If you can’t make it to all events due to work/family commitments, that is fine too. If you would like to put your name down to be called on if needed, please get in touch here - friendsofcedarips@gmail.com or come along to the next Parents' Council meeting to see what events will be coming up over the next year.

Share your expertise…

While most of us will give anything a go, having an expert to help or advise makes things a lot easier and less time consuming, and ultimately leads to better outcomes. You, or someone you know, may have experience in IT or graphic design that you think the school could benefit from, or you may be a superstar grounds person when it comes to managing and maintaining outdoor facilities. If you think your expertise could help the school in any way, please contactfriendsofcedarips@gmail.com, or come along to the next Parents' Council meeting and share the knowledge.

Share your passion…

Have you always wanted to share your passion for art, crafting, reading, Lego, horticulture..... with a captive audience? With over 200 pupils at Cedar, there is an abundance of interests to invest in. Many of the previous after school clubs have been run by parents or carers. Maybe you would have to time to run an after-school club for a small group for sixweeks? If you have something you wish to share with the pupils please get in touch -

friendsofcedarips@gmail.com or come to the next Parents' Council meeting to get the ball rolling. The ultimate aim of the Cedar Parents' Council is to cultivate a sense of community with parents and carers working alongside the school to help create the best possible school environment for our children. So, if you are interested, please come along to the next meeting to show your support!